17/10/13 – Faith in the Community

Firstly, we wish Eid Mubarak to all our friends who celebrated this week.

The holiday season nears again, and with it comes a need for Christmas cards. If your organisation is producing its own Christmas cards, we’d love to support you by buying some. If you’re interested, get in touch at [email protected].

Public Spirit, a forum for the debate of developments regarding faith and public policy, are running a new series focusing on faith-based social action and the views of those that are directly involved in running such projects. Among the participants is FaithAction’s own Daniel Singleton, who writes at length on the interaction between the government and faith.

Finally, a reminder that we’re still seeking your views on the APPG Covenant between faith organisations and local authorities, as well our upcoming Together in Service programme.




UK Health Forum: Evidence in public health – The results of an online survey

The following is a release on behalf of the UK Health Forum

The UK Health Forum recently undertook a survey with an aim to establish how those working in public health define ‘evidence’ in public health, what evidence they use and how frequently, what barriers they experience in accessing and using evidence and what factors they think affect evidence. There is an executive summary in the beginning of the report. All the data are included in the report. 

The results of the research are informative and by stimulating discussion around the findings, we may go some way into addressing the concerns expressed by respondents and improve the processes that shape the evidence which we use in decision-making to improve public health globally.

We are happy for you to use our data and information in presentations and meetings, in return for acknowledgement as originators when you do so. Please let us know if you have used it so we can keep track of coverage.




NCVO announces members of its executive salary inquiry

Civil Society reports that NCVO have announced the members of its inquiry into charity executive pay which will create guidelines for determining pay for senior executives. The inquiry was created in response to criticism by the press earlier in the year over high levels of pay for executives in large charities, and will explore how to determine appropriate salaries, and how the level of pay can affect public opinion of a charity and the sector as a whole. The inquiry was originally intended to comprise solely of charity chairs, including those of NCVO, the Red Cross, Citizens Advice and Age UK, but further additions to the group were made, including Sir John Baker who had previously sat as chair of the Senior Salaries Review Body and an independent review into parliamentary pay, pensions and allowances.

The group is expected to meet for the first time next month, and is aiming to produce recommendations by spring next year.


Food bank usages tripled over last year

The BBC reports of figures released by the Trussell Trust show that it has supplied to food parcels to over 350,000 people between April and September of this year, more than triple of the same period last year. The Trust currently runs over 400 food banks across the country, a number which has doubled in the last year.

Rising living costs and stagnating wages are said to be part of the rise in food bank usage, but the Trust said that issues with payment of benefits, such as ‘illogical’ sanctions were a major factor. Executive chairman Chris Mould called the situation ‘scandalous’ and that such a level of food poverty was unacceptable.


The government countered the Trust’s claim, with a government spokesman blaming the rise in use on the growing of food banks, while the Department of Work and Pensions refuted any link between food bank use and the recent welfare reforms.


Get Involved

Commissioning for Equality – Measuring Outcomes and Impact

Places are filling up fast for this series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau…

These free one-day training events are designed by New Philanthropy Capital, looking at the measurement and evaluation of social impact, with a focus on children's health.

Events will take place in London and Leeds.

For more information, please see our page on the event.


Joint Voluntary Sector Learning Event – Mental Health and Wellbeing

10am – 4:15pm, Thursday 31st October
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, Stamford St., London

The Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England and Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners invite voluntary sector colleagues to join a free learning event for the Sector on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The event will cover the stigma and myth of mental health, its role as an important component of wellbeing, and the importance of development and growth in innovation to meet rising needs.

For more information and to book, please visit the event page.


Understanding the health & care landscape for offenders & their families

Tuesday 3rd December; NCVO, London

Run by Nacro, Action of Prisoners’ Families, and Clinks, this conference will examine addressing the health inequalities faced by offenders and their families, and how it can reduce re-offending and social exclusion. Speakers from NHS England, Public Health England and VCS organisations will look at influencing commissioning and provision and how to access services.

For more information and to book, please see the event page.


NHS England Call to Action on Services in London

NHS England in London is calling on patients, the public and staff to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS in the capital, so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead. Launched today, this Call to Action sets out the facts about future demands on NHS services, how the budget is currently spent and how services are delivered. Further details can be found on our Consultations page.



Featured Member


This week’s featured member is Networkfour, a compassion-inspired charity seeking in every opportunity to bring hope to vulnerable people who feel as though society has little or nothing to offer them, other than a life wrapped in poverty, deprivation and for some, criminality.

Networkfour originated back in December 2008 with the vision to see Birmingham’s most vulnerable and deprived young people and adults offered a chance to see hope and transformation. Since then, Networkfour continues to grow and has now provided support for many hundreds of adults and young people to find steps to change and a positive future.

Today they partner with West Midlands Police, Tearfund and Birmingham Voluntary Services Step Out network to reach and transform the lives of many vulnerable and complex individuals. Their interventions span across all sections of society and ages in a way that cares with compassion and offers each individual a route to bespoke support.

The name Networkfour is inspired by their wish to see all four key factors of society – the individuals, businesses, charities and the statutory organisations – working together for the well-being of our community.

For more information on Networkfour, visit their website at www.networkfour.org